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    Smith & Wesson SW Model 500 - Standard Compensator Six-Shot Revolver (2003)

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    Smith & Wesson SW Model 500 - Standard Compensator Six-Shot Revolver (2003)

    The title of most powerful handgun ever made arguably belongs to the Smith and Wesson Model 500 revolver.

    Staff Writer (Updated: 7/29/2015):

    The Smith & Wesson Model 500 - Standard Compensator is touted as the most powerful handgun every built. The Model 500 was introduced in 2003 into the Smith & Wesson line of 'X-Frame' (Extra Large-framed) handguns.

    The Model 500 features a satin stainless steel finish, Sorbothane recoil-absorbing rubber grip, an adjustable rear sight and interchangeable front sight and fires the massive .50 caliber round. Smith & Wesson reports that the Model 500 is the most powerful handgun ever made.


    Smith & Wesson SW Model 500 - Standard Compensator
    Type: Six-Shot Revolver
    Country of Origin: United States [ VIEW ]
    Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson - USA [ VIEW ]
    Initial Year of Service: 2003


    United States


    Overall Length: 381 mm (15.00 inches)
    Barrel Length: 213 mm (8.39 inches)
    Weight (Empty): 4.41 lb (2.00 kg)

    Caliber*: 12.7mm (.50 caliber)
    Action: Hammer with Rotating Cylinder; Double-Action
    Feed: 5-Round Rotating Cylinder


    Muzzle Velocity: 2,075 feet/sec (632 m/sec)
    Range: 165 feet (50 m; 55 yards)
    Sights: Iron

    * Listed caliber(s) for firearms may be model dependent if more than one model type/chambering was produced. Always consult official manufacturer's information or a licensed dealer.


    Model 500 - Base Series Name

    Model 460XVR - High muzzle velocity model

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